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first_imgA suicide attack targeting a military academy in the Afghan capital killed at least five people early Tuesday, the first major assault in the city in months.No group immediately claimed responsibility for the dawn attack, which came after nearly three months of relative calm in Kabul.The ministry of defence said five people were killed and at least six injured. The interior ministry, however, said six people died — two civilians and four military personnel —  after the suicide bomber detonated the device at around 7:00 am (0230 GMT).Twelve others were wounded, ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said in a statement.The blast happened near the Marshal Fahim military academy, where the country’s security officers are trained.”It was a big explosion that rocked our house. We also heard gunfire afterwards. Ambulances rushed to the area quickly,” Samiullah, a resident who like many Afghans goes by one name, told AFP. A security source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told AFP that the attacker was on foot when he targeted a vehicle near a checkpoint as it was entering the academy.President Ashraf Ghani called the bombing “a crime against humanity” while repeating his call for a nationwide ceasefire.”The great nation of Afghanistan wants an end to violence, a ceasefire and a lasting peace,” he said in a statement.Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said he was unaware of any claim for the bombing, adding that the insurgents were “investigating” the incident. The Islamic State group are also active in Kabul.- Taliban talks -In recent weeks the Islamist extremist Taliban have refrained from attacking major urban centres in an effort to keep talks with the United States on track, but violence in the provinces has continued.The last major attack in Kabul was in November, when at least 12 people were killed after a minivan packed with explosives rammed into a vehicle carrying foreigners during morning rush hour.Four foreign nationals were among those wounded.The military academy has been the scene of several attacks in the past, including one claimed by the Islamic State group last May. Tuesday’s blast came as Washington and the Taliban wrangle over a possible deal that would see US troops begin to leave Afghanistan in return for security guarantees.There appeared to have been little progress in reaching a deal in recent weeks, however, prompting the insurgents to blame the White House and what they said were a growing list of demands.Late Tuesday, Ghani said on Twitter that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had called to inform him “of the notable progress made in the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban. The Secretary informed me about the Taliban’s proposal with regards to bringing a significant and enduring reduction in violence.””This is a welcoming development,” Ghani saidThe United States and Taliban had been negotiating for a year and were on the brink of an announcement in September 2019 when President Donald Trump abruptly declared the process “dead”, citing ongoing unrest.Talks were restarted in December in Qatar, but paused again following an attack near the US-run Bagram military base in Afghanistan.In his annual State of the Union address on February 4, Trump renewed his vow to negotiate a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.”We are working to finally end America’s longest war and bring our troops back home,” he said, offering his blessing for the negotiations with the Taliban.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgLast Updated: 31st October, 2019 20:14 IST NBA Oct 31 Highlights: Embiid–KAT Feud, Stephen Curry Injured Thursday, October 31 was an eventful and long NBA day. Embiid and Towns were ejected due to a feud, Curry broke his left hand and Harden scored 59 points. Written By Trail Blazers won with a 102-99 advantage. Damian Lillard scored 23 points and 13 assists, while CJ McCollum scored 22 points. Blazers connected on 17-of-35 from deep in the win. Thursday, October 31 was a busy day for the NBA regular season. 11 games were played with 22 teams. Let us take a look at the highlights for the day. NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls 10 months ago NBA: Watch James Harden drop 59 points in Rockets’ win over Wizards FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Hornets defeated Kings 118-111. This was Kings’ fifth loss of the season. Washington was the top-scorer with 23 points and missed only three shots in the game. Cavaliers defeated Bulls 117-111. Tristan Thompson finished the game with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love added 17 points, 20 rebounds and six assists to Thompson’s 23 points. WE RECOMMEND Jazz defeated Clippers 110-96. Mike Conley Jr. scored well, and scored 29 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the field and 5-for-8 from 3-point range.  Kawhi Leonard did not play the match. Also read | NBA: Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki gets street named after himNBA: Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons 10 months ago NBA: Rockets fan arrested for allegedly punching Pelicans’ coach Raptors defeated Pistons 125-113. Siakam was once again the top scorer with 30 points. Raptors registered first win against former coach Dwane Casey. 10 months ago NBA 2019: Boston Celtics vs Mliwaukee Bucks player ratings, result NBA: Orlando Magic vs New York Knicks Rockets defeated Wizards 158-159. James Harden scored game-high 59 points for the rockets, dropping the winning FT with seconds left on the clock. Bradley Beal led Wizards with 46 points. First Published: 31st October, 2019 20:14 IST Devika Pawar 10 months ago NBA: Stephen Curry breaks left hand after bad fall against Suns Pacers defeated the Nets 118-108. Domantas Sabonis scored 29 points and Jeremy Lamb scored 25. Pacers bagged their first win of the season. James Harden WENT OFF for 59 PTS! 😳#OneMission pic.twitter.com/qtIrUPNN3b— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 31, 2019 Magic defeated Knicks 95-83. Nikola Vucevic was the top scorer for the Magic with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Aaron Gordon scored 10 points down the stretch in the final 5:35 of the match, winning Orlando the match. NBA: Phoenix Suns vs Golden State Warriors, 121-110 Also read | NBA or WWE? Watch Embiid and Towns’ ugly fight as Simmons chokes KATNBA: Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder 10 months ago NBA or WWE? Watch Embiid and Towns’ ugly fight as Simmons chokes KAT NBA: Houston Rockets vs Washington Wizards COMMENT Celtics defeated Bucks 116-105.  Kemba Walker led the game with 32 points.  Celtics came back with a rally from 19 points down. Also read | NBA: Stephen Curry breaks left hand after bad fall against Suns SUBSCRIBE TO US NBA: Philadelphia 76ers vs Minnesota Timberwolves NBA: Utah Jazz vs LA Clippers 76ers beat Timberwolves 117-95, continuing their 4-0 unbeaten run of the season.  Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns got into what was probably NBA’s most high-profile brawl in years midway during the Q3. Both players were ejected due to the incident.  NBA: Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics NBA: Indiana Pacers vs Brooklyn Nets The Suns defeated the Warriors 121-110. Aron Baynes scored 24 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. Stephen Curry broke his left hand as a result of a bad fall and will be away for at least some time.  Also read | NBA: Watch James Harden drop 59 points in Rockets’ win over WizardsNBA: Charlotte Hornets vs Sacramento Kings, 118-111last_img read more

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